Mullum Giants aim to break long drought

It has been 44 years since Mullumbimby won a major rugby league grand final. On that day in Septem ber, 1960 at Knox Park in Murwillumbah, Mullum knocked over reigning premiers, Cudgen, to take the title.

But that was not all - the club won the reserve grade and under 18 titles that day. A truly momen- tous day for Mullumbimby.

The club next played in a grand final in 1974, but that day were beaten by Seagulls.

This Sunday, Mullum- bimby's A Grade side will be bidding to bring more glory to the town when they take on Marist Brothers in the Group One grand final at Les Donnelly Field at Mullum on Sunday afternoon.

Brothers clinched their spot in the decider with a crushing 28-nil win over Ballina last Sunday in the preliminary final.

"It's definitely come down to the two top teams," said Giants captain and club president, Glen Godbee. "They play a pretty tight, error free sort of game and that's what they will be relying on. "We have a fair bit of attacking power. We will certainly try and open them up."

Godbee sees evergreen centre, or five-eighth, David Krause as one of the main Brothers dangers. He also believes Brothers centre, Paul Latta, brother of Giants coach, Dave Latta and forward Brett Spears will be Brothers stand-outs.

Godbee concedes the Gi- ants forward pack overall will be smaller than the Brothers pack, but he said that would be compensated by the greater mobility of the Mullum forwards.

The Giants certainly have been the form team this season, winning 14 of their regular season games and losing only two.

They have beaten Brothers three times this season and should go into Sunday's grand final confi- dent of repeating the dose.

Potential game breakers for the Giants include five- eighth, Scott 'Scoot' Hogan, fullback. Murray Brown and forwards Dan Molenaar and Jay Hampson.

Godbee said Giants coach, Dave Latta, had spent 10 years with Brothers and knows the players' backgrounds. It's Latta's first season at Mullum and Godbee de- scribes him as a "fantastic" coach. "He really knows what he's doing," he said. "He has fitted right into the place." Which is important at a club which doesn't buy in players and relies on nur- turing local juniors.

Football club member and leagues club director, Tony Parker, said the feel- ing in Mullumbimby was "magic". "It has been so many years between drinks. It's great," he said. "The main thing is that they (the players) are all basically local boys. We have not gone out to buy anyone. "It's really a local team, that's why there is such a good feeling in the team."

- Gary Chigwidden

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